As you are probably aware, the Government’s guidance on the Coronavirus has changed from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of it. We are getting in touch to let you know what we are doing, in light of this, and what we will ask you to do to help make sure our School community keeps safe and calm.
We would like to reassure you that at our RLT Schools, we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the Government, Public Health England and Rutland and Northamptonshire County Councils.
What’s the current situation?
- The School remains open – this is the current official guidance we have been given
- All school functions, including before and after school clubs, continue to run as normal
- Pupils should attend school unless they feel unwell: if your child has any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home for 7 days:
- a new, continuous cough and/or
- a temperature
- If your child is unwell, report this as you would normally by calling the School office.
- We will keep you up-to-date with any changes to the current situation
What we are doing to protect and support pupils and staff
To help reduce the likelihood of transmission, we will/are:
- Call you immediately if we feel your child may be unwell – this has always been the case
- Continue our cleaning routines and focusing our efforts on surfaces that all staff and pupils come into contact with regularly – this has always been the case to reduce the spreading of grems
- Enforcing hand-washing and providing hand sanitisers and tissues in every class
- Staff will regularly discuss with pupils the need for high levels of hygiene and deal with any anxiety on a 1:1 basis in a sensitive manner
What we need you to do
- If you have recently changed your contact details, please inform the School office as soon as possible via email or telephone
- Talk to your children about the Coronavirus. It is a ‘scary’ time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with any anxiety
- Come and collect your child, straightaway, if we ask you to - we will contact you if your child becomes ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough
- Check that you can access parent mail, and our website, and let us know if there are any issues so we can make sure we are well prepared for remote learning if the School does need to close at some point
What happens if the school has to close?
We will only close if we are either officially advised to do so or we do not have enough staff to run the School safely.
In either case, we will:
- Post a message on the School website and ParentMail email/text
- Please continue to check these platforms regularly for details about when the School will re-open
- We are currently putting together resources that will support learning at home. How you can access these will be communicated if the need arises
Please keep in mind that we are only sending out this information to help the School community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.
If you have any questions
Please consult the:
- School office if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- NHS if you want to know more about the symptoms of Coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- Department for Education’s Coronavirus helpline (0800 046 8687) if you have any questions about the Government’s response to Coronavirus in relation to schools
- Government’s travel advice if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you are taking abroad should go ahead
This is a tricky time and we know you are worried about the impact this might have on our community. It is important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.
Thank you for your continued support.
For the Rutland Learning Trust